ECS Young Friends Circle Leaders Will Host Open House Monday, April 16th To Highlight National Volunteer Week

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Episcopal Community Services (ECS) Young Friends Circle is hosting a Volunteer Open House on Monday, April 16th, beginning at 5:00 p.m. at ECS’ Main Building at 225 South 3rd St., Philadelphia, PA.

Free and open to the public, the Volunteer Open House will connect prospective newcomers with fellow volunteers and spotlight the many opportunities for service that ECS offers.

Episcopal Community Services (ECS) Young Friends Circle is hosting a Volunteer Open House on Monday, April 16th, beginning at 5:00 p.m. at ECS’ Main Building at 225 South 3rd St., Philadelphia, PA.

Free and open to the public, the Volunteer Open House will connect prospective newcomers with fellow volunteers and spotlight the many opportunities for service that ECS offers.

Key leaders of the recently-formulated ECS Young Friends Circle will be on hand to greet current volunteers and guests, discuss the Young Friends Circle mission and hand out cool swag at a patio reception affectionately called, the Young Friends Lounge, outside the main ECS building at 225 South 3rd St, Philadelphia.

The ECS Young Friends Circle leadership team includes:

  • April Perry-McKellar is currently the Director of Operations at Chavous Consulting LLC, a WMBE/DBE certified management consulting firm. She attended Saint Joseph's University and graduated with BA (majored in Political Science) in 2009. She is also a local entrepreneur who owns a handmade accessories brand, The Pink Lapel. She is married to James Burks, MSW, Director of Workforce Development at Episcopal Community Services.
  • Scarlett McCahill, Talent Recruiter at Project HOME, a homeless empowerment and advocacy organization. Scarlett has a background in education and advocacy. She has an MS in urban education from the University of Pennsylvania. In November, 2017, she received the Ignatius Award from the Alumni Association at Saint Joseph’s University, where she earned her BA.
  • Kiera Kenney, Manager of Health and Social Services at The African Family Health Organization in West Philadelphia, which works on a range of health and social service projects targeting African and Caribbean refugees and immigrants in the Greater Philadelphia Area. She has an MSW from the University of Pennsylvania where she received the Ruth E. Smalley award in International Social Welfare. She graduated Magna Cum Laude from Rutgers University, where she earned a BA in Psychology and Sociology.
  • Avyane Osborne, Sales Operations Medicare Compliance Manager at Health Partners Plans, is very active within the Episcopal Diocese and with the Schuylkill Deanery in particular. Avyane has served on the Diocesan Anti-racism commission along with Victoria Sicks, ECS’ Chief Development Officer, and she is currently working with the Deanery to plan a Wellness Summit at the Cathedral. Avyane is currently completing her MBA at Rosemont College.
  • Alex Burdzy, Community Education Program Specialist at Heath Partners Plans, who has a broad background with the YMCA running, health and wellness program, as well as fundraising initiatives. Alex graduated Magna Cum Laude from Rutgers University with a BS in Exercise Science.

Inside the ECS Main Building, individual stations will be set up with information about specific volunteer needs for the organization’s many programs, including:

  • Wintershelter
  • Dolphins Companionship Program
  • Out of School programs
  • Seeing Youth Succeed (SYS)
  • St. Barnabas Mission
  • The RISE Initiative

Current volunteers as well as interested prospective volunteers are invited to join the fun and learn about the exciting volunteer activities at ECS.

About Episcopal Community Services
Episcopal Community Services’ mission is to empower vulnerable individuals and families by providing high-quality social and educational services that affirm human dignity and promote social justice. ECS’ diverse programs target children experiencing or at risk of abuse or neglect, homeless families, youth and adults lacking the skills to become self-sufficient, and elderly persons needing care to maintain independence. For more information, please visit http://www.ecsphilly.org.

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